Southampton have now lost their star player for a period of six weeks after FA earlier today declared that Victor Wanyama will be slapped with a 5 match ban.
The 24-year old picked up a red card in the first few moments of the second half of the game against the Hammers but went on to take all three points after some strong defending.
But now Ronald Koeman will be without Victor Wanyama who picked up his third red card of the season so far.
His horrible tackle on Dimitri Payet warranted a three match ban in itself and the fact that it was his third red this season meant that two more games were added to his suspension making him unavailable for a period of 5 games and six weeks.
Wanyama picked up his first red for two bookings against the Cherries back in November and more recently was sent off against Norwich City for seeing two yellows again.
This has left that defensive mid-fielder out on the sidelines till the home tie against Liverpool on March 9th. Wanyama has done a great job in front of the defense for the Saints this season and will be dearly missed by Koeman’s men in the next few games.
The manager also felt that the defensive mid-fielder needs to learn to draw a line between his aggression and felt that a third red card in 4 months is not a healthy sign.
Koeman said, ‘It’s not his first red card, it’s his third, and that’s not good. You have to learn from your mistakes so I will speak to him about it.’
Wanyama has had disciplinary issues all along his career. He was booked 12 times last season and in his last season at Celtic, he was booked 15 times and was sent off twice in the whole season.
However, the Saints dint let their guard down and kept their fifth consecutive clean sheet to take all three points this weekend.
Wanyama will also be fined up to two weeks of wages for his horrible disciplinary record in the Premier League.